Bird Watching Barcelona
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Steppes & raptors

Near Lleida we find the best areas of grassland and steppe in Catalonia. On the 1st day of our tour, we will visit some of these dryland areas according to your target species and interests. If you are interested, we could visit the Ivars lake as well, is a large lagoon in the heart of the Lleida cereal plain (www.estanyivarsvilasana.cat/). After a full birding day, it is time to relax in the hotel, remind the birds we have seen and talk about life! On the 2nd day we will get close to the Pyrenees to search for large raports and other birds typical of cliffs and rocky areas. The price does not includes meals and accomodation. Outstanding birds: 

All year:  Red-legged Partridge, White Stork, Lammergeier, Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Purple Swamphen, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouses, Crag Martin, Crested, Thekla and Calandra Larks, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Penduline Tit and Iberian Grey Shrike.

Breeding season: Little Bittern, Squacco and Purple Herons, Egyptian Vulture, Short-toed and Booted Eagles, Montagu’s Harrier, Black Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Black-winged Stilt, Whiskered Tern, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Red-rumped Swallow, Reed and Great Reed Warblers and Woodchat Shrike.

Winter: Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Lapwing, Snipe and Wallcreeper.

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Llobregat Delta

The natural areas of the Llobregat Delta are placed in a coastal floodplain with a great variety of habitats: cultivated land, coastal pinewoods, marshes, lagoons, reedbeds, beaches with dune vegetation. As a result, more than 360 bird species have been observed in the reserves (more info at www.deltallobregat.cat). If this is your first visit to Barcelona, this is the best option: lots of species in a short period of time. Please note that protected areas are closed on Mondays. Outstanding birds

All year: Cattle and Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Purple Swamphen, Audouin’s Gull, Crested Lark, Zitting Cisticola, Cetti’s and Sardinian Warblers, Short-toed Treecreeper, Penduline Tit and Serin.

Breeding season: Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Kentish Plover, Scops Owl, Hoopoe, Great Reed and Western Bonelli’s Warblers.

Passage: Gull-billed Tern , Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Little Crake, Water Pipit, Bluethroat and Moustached Warbler.

Winter: Great Bittern, Great White Egret and Water Pipit.

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El Garraf

El Garraf is a coastal location where the emphatic dryness of the summer and low water retention capacity of calcareous soils determine the vegetation growth. Here we find interesting and unusual animal species such as the Mediterranean Turtle (Testudo hermanni) and a variety of open ground and Mediterranean bird species. And if we still have some time left after visiting ‘El Garraf’, we will go to the Llobregat Delta to search for some wetland birds. In addition, for only 20 € more per person we would visit Coma Romà winery, an exclusive brand of organic wine made with great care by the family Guilera in the small village of Sant Pau d’Ordal, where we would enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by some traditional food products. Not recommended in Summer due to hot weather. Outstanding birds:

All year: Red-legged partridge, Bonelli’s Eagle, Yellow-legged Gull, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Black Whetear, Blue Rock Thrush, Zitting Cisticola, Dartford and Sardinian Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Iberian Grey Shrike, Spotless Starling, Rock Sparrow, Serin, Cirl and Corn Buntings.

Breeding season: Short-toed Eagle, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Scops Owl, Red-necked Nightjar, Alpine Swift, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Whetear, Rock Thrush, Melodious, Western Orphean, Subalpine and Western Bonelli’s Warblers, Golden Oriole, Woodchat Shrike and Ortolan Bunting.

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Ivars lake & steppes

The Ivars lake is a large lagoon located 2 hours drive from Barcelona, in the heart of the Lleida cereal plain. It is a fresh watered lake coming from an endorheic origin, restored in 2005, and has a surface area of 126 ha, being the biggest lake in the inner region of Catalonia in terms of dimension. More info at www.estanyivarsvilasana.cat/ Moreover, the dry fields surrounding or near the lake provide an apportunity to search for some characteristic steppe-land birds, so you do not mind getting up early in the morning to enjoy a great full-day birding trip, that is the one! Do not recommended in Summer due to hot weather. Outstanding birds:

All year: Red-legged Partridge, White Stork, Marsh Harrier, Purple Swamphen, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Crested, Thekla and Calandra Larks, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Penduline Tit and Iberian Grey Shrike.

Breeding season: Little Bittern, Squacco and Purple Herons, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Black-winged Stilt, Whiskered Tern, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Red-rumped Swallow, Reed and Great Reed Warblers and Woodchat Shrike.

Winter: Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Lapwing and Snipe.

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El Montseny

El Montseny is a mountain range designated a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO covering more than 30,000 hectares. Because of its altitudinal range (from 200 m up to 1,700 m) and climatic gradients, the area contains a wide variety of habitats (Mediterranean oakwoods and pinewoods, beechwoods, groves of Silver Fir and subalpine thickets and meadows), resulting in a great variety of birds. Here, we highly recommend you to discover the local cuisine (not included, but we can arrange a restaurant lunch on request or you can decide it on the go). Outstanding birds:

All year: Black Woodpecker, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Zitting Cisticola, Dartford and Sardinian Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Serin, Cirl and Rock Buntings.

Breeding season: Short-toed Eagle, Scops Owl, Alpine Swift, Hoopoe, Water Pipit, Rock Thrush, Melodious, Subalpine and Western Bonelli’s Warblers and Golden Oriole.

Winter: White-winged Snowfinch, Alpine Accentor and Ring Ouzel.

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Montserrat

Montserrat, that literally means ‘the jagged mountain’, is a symbol of Catalan identity and spirituality (more info at www.montserratvisita.com). Here we will search for a mixture of rocky ground, cliff, Mediterranean woodland and scrubland bird species, as well as the Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica). Not recommended during Summer due to hot weather. Oustanding birds:

All year: Bonelli’s Eagle, Crag Martin, Black Wheatear, Thekla Lark, Blue Rock Thrush, Sardinian and Dartford Warblers, Short-toed treecreeper, Iberian Grey Shrike, Rock Sparrow, Serin and Rock Bunting.

Breeding season: Short-toed Eagle, Alpine Swift, Hoopoe, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Wheatear, Melodious, Subalpine and Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Golden Oriole, Woodchat Shrike and Ortolan Bunting.

Winter: Alpine Accentor and Wallcreeper.

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El Vallès

El Vallès is a quite humanized area close really close to Barcelona where surprisingly we can enjoy a find variety of birds. Depending on your time and interests we might visit different habitats such as cliffs, farmlands, scrublands, woodlands and Mediterranean rivers. Here you you have the option to complete this trip by visiting an artisan brewery, where you might have a nice time tasting up to 5 of their different beers accompanied by some traditional food products. In this case, 20 € per person would be added to the flat rate. Outstanding birds:

All year: Little and Cattle Egret, Bonelli’s Eagle, Crag Martin, Blue Rock Thrush, Crested Lark, Zitting Cisticola, Dartford and Sardinian Warblers, Short-toed Treecreeper, Common Waxbill, Rock Sparrow, Serin and Cirl and Rock Buntings.

Breeding season: Short-toed Eagle, Black winged Stilt, Scops Owl, Alpine Swift, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Melodious, Subalpine and Western Bonelli’s Warblers, Golden Oriole and Woodchat Shrike.